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80 per cent of Canadians are Filing Online!

End-of-filing season report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/14 -- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, announced today that 80 per cent of Canadians filed their income tax return electronically this year, an increase of 6 per cent over last year. As of July 2, 2014, over 21 million Canadians took advantage of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) electronic filing services, up from 20 million this time last year.

By providing services electronically, the Government is reducing red tape and making it easier for Canadians to interact with us. Canadians can make use of the CRA's safe, secure online services when it's convenient for them, from wherever they are in the world. This year, 54% of taxpayers also received their refund by direct deposit.

Minister Findlay thanked all Canadians who filed their income tax and benefit return on time, and also announced that the average refund for the 2013 taxation year was $1,655 - up from $1,646 in the 2012 tax year.

If you missed the filing deadline, the CRA reminds you that it is in your best interest to file as soon as possible to receive benefit payments such as the GST/HST credit or the Canada child tax benefit, and to avoid paying penalties and interest charges.

T1 Returns received from February 10 to July 2, 2014


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Method of Filing                        # of returns filed         %
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NETFILE                                          6,974,909       26%
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EFILE                                           14,300,350       54%
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Total - electronic (NETFILE + EFILE)            21,275,259       80%
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Paper                                            5,429,976       20%
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Total - all methods                             26,705,235    100.00
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Quick Facts


--  Community Volunteer Income Tax Program volunteers across the country
    assisted in completing approximately 600,000 returns for fellow
    Canadians this year.
--  The CRA responded to 3.5 million calls between February 17 to May 5,
    2014.
--  As of July 2, 2014, 54% of taxpayers received their refund by direct
    deposit.
--  The average refund for the 2013 taxation year was $1,655.
--  Applications such as My Account and Quick Access allow taxpayers to
    track their refund, monitor their benefit and credit payments, view
    their registered retirement savings plan information, set up direct
    deposit, and much more.

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"By filing online and using direct deposit, taxpayers were able to receive their refund in as little as eight days. I am pleased to announce the average refund for 2013 is $1,655, an increase from $1,646 in 2012. The Government of Canada is committed to putting more money back in the pockets of hard-working Canadians, so they can meet the needs and priorities of their families."

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P.

Minister of National Revenue

Associated Links

www.cra.gc.ca/getready

www.cra.gc.ca/directdeposit

www.netfile.gc.ca

www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount

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Noel Carisse
Media Relations
Canada Revenue Agency
613-952-9184

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